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San Luis Obispo City
Parks and Recreation Department
Office Building

San Luis Obispo, California


The 4,900 square foot, one story office building houses the Parks and Recreation Department’s headquarters and public interface functions. It is on the site of a demolished school, surrounded by a park, a landmark church, and a historical residential district. The program required a flexible main office space, generous lobby, and a conference room than can be separately used after hours.

Site planning, building forms, exterior materials, and detailing respond to the residential neighborhood’s Victorian and Carpenter Gothic influences. Large custom trusses made up of glulam beams and steel rods were used to simplify structure and keep volumes visually open. Glulams are also used for the reception desk.

Energy conservation strategies drove many primary design decisions. Natural ventilation in the tall main office area minimizes mechanical cooling requirements. Scattered daylighting from north-facing windows lowers lighting demand; and sustainability criteria were applied to all materials selections.

The project received an AIACCC honor award and an Obispo Beautiful award.

Client: City of San Luis Obispo
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FRASER SEIPLE ARCHITECTS __________ 971 OSOS STREET __________SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA 93401 __________T: 805.544.6161_________F: 805.544.6183